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Today we come across an individual who behaves like an automation, who does not know or understand himself, and the only person that he knows is the person that he is supposed to be, whose meaningless chatter has replaced communicative speech, whose synthetic smile has replaced genuine laughter, and whose sense of dull despair has taken the place of genuine pain. Two statements may be said concerning this individual. One is that he suffers from defects of spontaneity and individuality which may seem to be incurable. At the same time it may be said of him he does not differ essentially from the millions of the rest of us who walk upon this earth.
Erich Fromm (emphasis added by me)

The way I read this is that we are all subject to being educated (in a very broad sense) about what we should be in society. As much as we need guidance to be able to function in the complicated society we have our selves created, this guidance will deprive us of our spontaneity and individuality if we give more attention to fulfilling the expectations of society than to understanding our selves. In short; don’t go on autopilot.

David, you’re late. I know how to skate now
Carman Leung

This post was edited on March 6. A couple of weeks ago I left Japan after spending my last semester there on exchange. It’s earlier than first planned, but life Norway was calling. I’ve learned a lot of language and I’ve learned a lot about culture. Overall I’m happy with my term and what experience I have from it. Now that I’m back I know there are definitely things I will miss and things I will be happy to have foregone. Here is my list of 6 of each, in no particular order. Read More »

While doing some christmas shopping in Tanuki Koji, a roofed shopping street in Sapporo I passed an alley with some nice street art. Haven’t seen a lot of that lately, either because it’s not that common here or just because I don’t know where to look. Anyways, I made sure to capture it on film. Well not film, I just say that because it sounds cooler. I actually used my ultra-hightech-totally-filled-with-functions-I-will-never-ever-use-but-can-also-be-used-to-call-with cellphone’s camera. Well not that high tech, I’m just trying to live up to the hype about Japan being a technology green house. Did I just write five lines of useless world wide waste? Yes I think I did. Uansett:

A Japanese pensioner hip hop group?

It seems there are material girls in Japan too… Wish that car hadn’t been there. I will take a look next time I pass by, hopefully the car will be gone, but not the piece.

Back in my high school days I was the drummer in a band called Breaking News. We played rock and punk, such as covers of The Clash as well as self-made music. We actually managed to get a couple of gigs at some bars in our town. Yes I admit, it’s a tiny town and the bar was not raised high (neither the literal nor the idiomatic one…). Anyways, I haven’t really played much since then. I do love playing, but military, travel and university has been taking up too much time and energy. Now that I’ve come to Japan I’ve finally decided to start playing a little bit again. To get access to a drum set I have joined a band playing club at uni, and today I went to an instrument store and got a pair of brand spanking new drumsticks. More beneath the picture. Funky Sueyoshi Pearl Drumsticks made in JapanThe brands in store were the usual American ones but at least I made sure to get a pair made in Japan. A thousand yen is about half the price I would pay in Norway. As the list freak I am I have compiled a list of about 30 tunes that I want to play to. Bands in the list include Black Diamond Brigade, Bright Eyes, The Clash, Gogol Bordello, Johndoe, Kaizers Orchestra, Steely Dan and Trang Fødsel.

Winter arrived yesterday. Here are some pictures of a recent trip to Maruyama hill in Sapporo, in remembrance of the fall 🙂

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